BermudaBlack – Foley Street – Creative Spaces

Bermuda black is one of the small enterprises that are part of the City of Sydney's Foley Street Creative Spaces project. © Lorrie Graham

Bermuda Black – run by self-taught shoemaker Marina Roorda, Bermuda Black offers a bespoke shoe design service, along with a range of off-the-shelf shoe and clothing designs. Bermuda Black’s Foley Street retail space is combined with an open studio and workshop where customers can watch Marina at work and see her suite of shoemaker’s tools.

This is about the project……..

As part of its successful creative spaces program, the City has redeveloped a series of vacant garages and loading bays under 66 Oxford Street into modern retail shopfronts facing the newly upgraded Foley Street.

Five creative businesses working across art, design, fashion, jewellery and homewares have been selected to operate the spaces.
“Artists and creative workers are a vital part of Sydney’s cultural scene – not to mention the local economy – and we are always looking for ways to support them,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“With commercial rents rising, we need to provide affordable space for creative startups in the heart of the city or they’ll go elsewhere.

“Over the last five years our creative spaces program has given more than 35 businesses a home, injecting nearly $3 million into the local economy and attracting 85,000 additional visitors to Oxford Street.

“I’m really looking forward to welcoming our newest tenants to Foley Street and seeing the contribution they make to the area over the next three years.”

The City’s creative spaces program launched in 2012, offering affordable office space at 66 Oxford Street to 14 emerging creative businesses.

Since then, the City has also made space available for artists and creative workers in its properties on William Street in Darlinghurst and at Waterloo Library.


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  1. What a fantastic initiative from Clover Moore and the City of Sydney. Will definitely head down to Foley Street area to check to these creative spaces.

    And how wonderful that Marina is self taught ….. that shows true passion for what she is doing ….

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